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June 29, 2017, 08:25:03 PM

I finally found this thread on the browser. I legit had no idea where to look for it but I found it. So here is your article, I don't have graphics and I wasn't sure on a couple things for it but here is what I have so far. Feel free to remove paragraph four or edit it as I feel it isn't my best work but the month is almost over and I've pushed the time limit to hard this month. Glad to be taking a breather for the next six weeks so I can collect myself and get back into shape for regional stuff.


Article:

I suppose something we are known for (not that I would know as this is my first and only region) is our LGBT community. In honor of Pride month we recently acquired an LGBT forum over here. Topics are already pretty great, from a discussion on a college course about all this to a thread about Drag Queens.

I myself am responsible for at least one thread, one I intend to use as a place for members to introduce themselves as them. So that new and old members can find others who share similar experiences or just need a little guidance to help them find themselves.

Wintermoot has started a thread chronicling his time taking Stanford's Transgender Inclusiveness course, a thread that is quite interesting to be perfectly honest.

And another user created the thread on Drag Queens as they work towards becoming one. A great thread that I thought was pretty nifty so there.

As well as quite a few others I just noticed to be perfectly honest with you. Quite a few others. Like, a lot. Like legit I don't think you comprehend how many here. A literal lot of threads.

I feel like this is an important part of Wintreath that we often overlook. Which if I recall correctly is part of the reason Wintermoot made the forum. So, out of what little kindness remains in my black heart I elected to write this article. I've reached the point in this article where I've said all that I wanted to say but I still want it a little longer.

So as a final note this particular part of our forums is always open to new and interesting threads, from personal experiences in life to maybe a thread discussing RuPaul's Drag Race. I honestly don't know what will crop up. But I hope to see it become an integral and active part of the region in the future.
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They are my Space Marines
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    July 01, 2017, 05:20:31 PM

    Thanks for everyone who did articles! I've put a draft of the edition together...for articles that didn't have graphics and captions I added them in myself, but if you would rather add your own just let me know and give me the graphic/caption you want to use. Let me know if you see anything else off too...otherwise we'll release tomorrow. :)

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    Orendi XI
    Wintreath Update 11 - June 2017 (omg, monthly dispatches?!)





    Realms of Wintreath
    Wintreath - 286 nations
    New Hyperion - 76 nations
    Nowhere - 2 nations

    Government of Wintreath
    Monarch: Wintermoot
    Jarl of Culture: Gerrick
    Thane of Culture: Aragonn
    Thane of Foreign Affairs: Emoticonius
    Thane of Information: Crushita
    Jarl of Integration: Finrod Felagund



    Citizens Corner, by North
    Citizen's Corner
    Article by North


    From the Citizen's Corner recording studios...

    Citizen's Corner is a regular feature where we select a newish Citizen and allow them to opine on current affairs and activities within the region. This month, our contributor is North, who has been a Citizen since August 2015 and a constant presence in the Underhusen, the elected branch of our legislature. Here's what he had to say:

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    Hello, Wintreath! I am a man who likes to keep things short and sweet and this is my first time writing anything like this, so bear with me here.

    I entered Wintreath a bit disillusioned with NationStates communities and was on the verge of leaving it entirely. I entered expecting another clusterfuck of epic proportions, another waste of time. And instead, I found a gaggle of some of the oddest people I've ever met, and I've met a man who cut off his thumbs for a bet (story for another time).

    But in spite of the oddity, the weirdness, and just about everything else this place has wormed its way into my heart. It'a a place of inclusiveness, a place for all to find a corner for themselves and a place worth protecting. So to anyone who finds themselves here, welcome and buckle up! This is a place for all and I hope in another year we can all stand together, stronger then before, and look upon a new, better, greater Wintreath!

    Thank you!
    The Ainur Problem: A Lesson In Failure, by Justinian Ezkantion
    The Ainur Problem: A Lesson In Failure
    Article by Justinian Ezkantion


    A Microsope into Incompetence from Ainur's former Crown Prince

    Recently the government of Wintreath has finally decided to terminate their formal relations with a region that has been dead for a very long time. Ainur, a region founded with a Lord of the Rings-esque theme and a strong community dedication to its regional government, was once able to boast of a couple hundred nations and a vibrant RP community which oddly enough rarely had anything to do with its theme. However, over nearly 5 years of existence it slowly withered away into a lifeless zombie possessed by ~20 lurkers and with an offsite forum that hasn't been touched since August.

    To pinpoint when or how exactly this happened is pretty much impossible. A lot of events that crippled or should have crippled the region ended up being merely shrugged off by a still-dedicated core community. Perhaps Ainur can serve as yet another testament that no matter how dedicated your most loyal members are, things will decay without new blood no matter what. Really, some of the decisions that the inner circle of government in Ainur made (myself included) can be guidelines for what not to do when operating a region.

    To begin with, a certain significant person in Ainur's government (who shall remain anonymous even though you probably already know who I'm talking about) believed everyone else wasn't going to do as good a job as he was doing, even when the region was starting to plummet in terms of membership. Thus he tried very hard to prevent giving power to anyone else, because he was afraid they might muck it up, or that they were going to commit some sort of petty vengeance on him. Paranoia from the most powerful people rarely leads to a successful and healthy community.

    Secondly, as more and more of the core community (mainly those who had registered to the offsite forums) began to drop off as they grew older and started attending college, recruitment wasn't really very organized. You had one guy whose job it sort of was to recruit people through a legal API tool, and that job wasn't really being monitered very well. Whereas the region I currently inhabit, Wintreath, encourages manual recruitment as well through various rewards, there was no such system in Ainur at any point in time. In fact recruitment was such an enigma to me in Ainur that I didn't even understand how it worked until after I had left following two years of service in various positions.

    Thirdly, the amount of reach that Ainur had was dwindling constantly. While I was mostly in the dark about recruitment something I was quite aware of was how Ainur's projection through the greater NS community was shrinking. Our participation in the raider/defender game collapsed into nothing and the regional military effectively dissolved. While the game is hardly necessary to keep up a presence on the site, it certainly helped. The fact that we only posted perhaps once or twice to our site forums page, however, certainly didn't help. While some of those who remember the drama might point to the adoption of less noble individuals into our region causing regions to cut off diplomatic ties and ruin our reputation as the primary act of isolation, I would say that's simply not the case as diplomatic ties would be re-opened only a year later, yet the region was incapable of recovering its position. It was problems within, not without, that caused the reduction of Ainur's position.

    Due to the way that the government operated in its later years (Where a few people had a lot of power) when one person went inactive there were many, many functions of the region that suddenly ground to a halt. Responsibilities that were never given to anyone else, shoes that were never refilled, etc. For instance, when the Royal Chamberlain and the Newspaper Editor CTEd there wasn't a single regional update of any kind sent to anyone for months. The Ainurian government lost its functions as a sandblasted sculpture loses its features until it is naught but an unrecognizable pillar of stone.

    However the final nail in the coffin to any life supported region such as this comes when attempts to clean the slate and build anew are blocked by attachment to the old. When people become unwilling the change the region they've spent so much time in, they fail to breath new life into it, and the dissatisfied will simply seek greener pastures. Such is the case with Ainur, where almost every single member of government in the summer of 2016 left and never came back. While the immediate cause of the exodus, and with it Ainur's demise, was  a series of unlawful bannings and regional drama, Ainur would have been able to recover were it not so insular, and that was a problem that had been permeating long before.

    May all this serve as a reminder, that no region is an island, and that even the closest of communities can collapse from within. Be warned, lest ye end up having to communicate on skype because apparently Discord is too complex my compatriots said while playing Dwarf Fortress.

    Signed,

    Eldarion III, King of Ainur (deal with it, Crush)
    Celebrating Pride Month with a New LGBTQ Forum, by Gattoartico
    Celebrating Pride Month with a New LGBTQ Forum
    Article by Gattoartico


    It's kinda like a digital version of this!

    I suppose something we are known for (not that I would know as this is my first and only region) is our LGBT community. In honor of Pride month we recently acquired an LGBT forum over here. Topics are already pretty great, from a discussion on a college course about all this to a thread about Drag Queens.

    I myself am responsible for at least one thread, one I intend to use as a place for members to introduce themselves as them. So that new and old members can find others who share similar experiences or just need a little guidance to help them find themselves.

    Wintermoot has started a thread chronicling his time taking Stanford's Transgender Inclusiveness course, a thread that is quite interesting to be perfectly honest.

    And another user created the thread on Drag Queens as they work towards becoming one. A great thread that I thought was pretty nifty so there.

    As well as quite a few others I just noticed to be perfectly honest with you. Quite a few others. Like, a lot. Like legit I don't think you comprehend how many here. A literal lot of threads.

    I feel like this is an important part of Wintreath that we often overlook. Which if I recall correctly is part of the reason Wintermoot made the forum. So, out of what little kindness remains in my black heart I elected to write this article. I've reached the point in this article where I've said all that I wanted to say but I still want it a little longer.

    So as a final note this particular part of our forums is always open to new and interesting threads, from personal experiences in life to maybe a thread discussing RuPaul's Drag Race. I honestly don't know what will crop up. But I hope to see it become an integral and active part of the region in the future.
    The Culture Review, by Gerrick
    The Culture Review
    Article by Gerrick


    That's kinda what we do around here.

    This is the first installment of the Culture Review, written by me, Gerrick, Wintreath’s Jarl of Culture. I’ll be talking briefly about some events going on in the cultural areas of the forums, such as Ministry news, monthly contests, and forum games.

    The Monarch’s Game Bag is a list of over 150 spare Steam keys that Wintermoot and other citizens have donated to the region over the years. As the Monarch’s Game Bag used to only be rewarded to those who won the Monthly Recruitment Contest, which had no winner for a year, it had no real use, and the Steam keys were left unused. To help with this as well as to help spur civil service activity, a new system was put in place to reward those who take the initiative to make Wintreath a better place. All of the games were split into two categories: Gold Rewards (those that cost at least $10 each) and Silver Rewards (those that cost less). Silver Rewards are given to those who write 2 articles for the Orendi, gain 1000 recruitment points in one month, or win Wintreath's Finest of the Month. Gold Rewards are given to those who win the Monthly Recruitment Contest, gain 2500 recruitment points in one month, win Wintreath's Finest of the Year, or complete two of the Silver Reward tasks. Rewards will also be given out during festivals, so make sure to attend our Summersend Festival in August!

    Wintreath’s Finest is the name for Wintreath’s citizen of the month. Nominations are for those who stood out as contributing or showing dedication to the region or having been extra active, caused activity, or been a good influence on others. The winner of May 2017’s Wintreath’s Finest was Justinian Ezkantion, who was nominated for creating and hosting the newest roleplay, the Wild Men of Wichita. I had the pleasure of interviewing him about the RP in an article in last month’s Orendi. The other nominations for Wintreath’s Finest were Fortis_Scriptor, who has written several stories and pieces of lore for the world he and Crushita are building for a book, and Elbbsas, who has been writing short timed prompts to work on her creative writing. Both Fortis_Scriptor and Elbbsas have helped revitalize the Halls of Art and Writing and have inspired others to post their works as well.

    The Avatar Theme of the Month is the theme that several forum users will adopt into their avatars for the month, whether that means using pictures or memes that have to do with the theme or Photoshopping the theme into their usual avatars. Nominations are typically related to current world affairs, historical dates, holidays, or happenings in Wintreath. The winner of June 2017’s Avatar Theme of the Month was a tie between the FBI (nominated because of the ongoing high profile FBI investigations) and the Battle of Midway (the famous WWII naval battle that took place in early June 1942). Other nominations included Skyrim, flags (nominated because of Flag Day in the US, which takes place in June), and June as a name (May as a name was a nomination in last month’s contest).

    The Monthly Recruitment Contest is back after a year of having no winners. The winner of the contest must have the most recruitment points (with at least 1500) by the end of the month. Recruitment points are earned by manually sending out recruitment telegrams to new NationStates nations, using our recruitment tool. The winner of May 2017's Recruitment Contest was Mathyland, who recruited to 1578 nations. As the winner of the recruitment contest, he was then allowed to choose any game from the Monarch’s Game Bag, which he decided to be Sid Meier’s Civilization V.

    Spyfall is an easy-to-learn party game of bluffing, probing questions, clever answers, and suspicion. In the game, one player is the Spy and has to try to figure out their location, while all other players try to figure out who is the Spy without giving away their location. We had already had five games since it was first introduced to Wintreath in early 2015. This sixth game was made up of eight players and took place in a cathedral to Wintreath’s unofficial religion, Potatoeism. The non-Spy players took on roles (such as Bishop, Beggar, and Tourist) to help them ask and answer questions in-character. The game ended up lasting from May 30 until June 13 when BraveSirRobin, the Spy, figured out the location and won.
    Wintreath Does Yet Another Political Quiz, by Wintermoot
    Wintreath Does Yet Another Political Quiz
    Article by Wintermoot


    Cause it's not like we have better things to do, right?

    Wintreath Does Yet Another Political Quiz

    Over the course of the past month, members of the forum community have been taking the 8 values political quiz, which attempts to place you among four axis based on your responses to various political issues it asks about. Overall, the quiz determined that the forum community as a whole tends to be socialist, globalist, libertarian, and progressive. Even the most "conservative" member, Justinian Ezkantion, was described by the quiz as a centrist, with most members being categorized into libertarian socialism or social libertarianism. Overall, it was an interesting look into where individual members and the region as a whole stands on various issues!

    Below is a description of each axis and the two values that comprise it as stated on the website, along with some information on where the region stands on each axis.

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    Economic Axis: Equality vs Markets
    Those with higher Equality scores believe the economy should distribute value evenly among the populace. They tend to support progressive tax codes, social programs, and at high values, socialism. Those with higher Market scores believe the economy should be focused on rapid growth. They tend to support lower taxes, privatization, deregulation, and at high values, laissez-faire capitalism.

    Most Socialist: Cinciri (93.3 Equality/6.7 Market)
    Most Capitalist: Justinian Ezkantion (49.4 Equality/50.6 Market)
    Regional Average 69.9 Equality/30.4 Market

    Diplomatic Axis: Nation vs World
    Those with higher Nation scores are patriotic and nationalist. They often believe in aggressive foreign policy, valuing the military, strength, sovereignty, and at high values, territorial expansion. Those with higher Globe scores are cosmopolitan and globalist. They often believe in a peaceful foreign policy, emphasizing diplomacy, cooperation, integration, and at high values, a world government.

    Most Nationalist: Justinian Ezkantion (69.7 Nation/30.3 Globe)
    Most Globalist: Crushita (22.3 Nation/77.7 Globe)
    Regional Average: 37.9 Nation/62.1 Globe

    State Axis: Liberty vs Authority
    Those with higher Liberty scores believe in strong civil liberties. They tend to support democracy and oppose state intervention in personal lives. Note that this refers to civil liberties, not economic liberties. Those with higher Authority scores believe in strong state power. They tend to support state intervention in personal lives, government surveillance, and at high values, censorship or autocracy.

    Most Libertarian: Aegon (85.4 Liberty / 14.6 Authority)
    Most Authoritarian: Justinian Ezkantion (40.0 Liberty / 60.0 Authority)
    Regional Average: 69.0 Liberty / 31.0 Authority

    Society Axis: Tradition vs Progress
    Those with higher Tradition scores believe in traditional values and strict adherence to a moral code. Though not always, they are usually religious, and support the status quo or the status quo ante. Those with higher Progress scores believe in social change and rationality. Though not always, they are usually secular or atheist, and support environmental action and scientific or technological research.

    Most Traditional: Justinian Ezkantion (53.5 Tradition/46.5 Progress)
    Most Progressive: taulover (12.2 Tradition/87.8 Progress)
    Regional Average: 23.0 Tradition / 77.0 Progress
    News in Briefs
    News in Briefs


    Honestly, we're too lazy to find another image this time. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
    • Wintreath was featured on NationStates' "The World Page" on June 30th, which led to over a dozen nations finding their way to the region!
    • If for some reason you find the urge to read all the past Orendi editions, you can now do so in our new Orendi Archive, which includes every edition ever published along with its date of publication.
    • Wintermoot has been making efforts to make the Wintreath website more mobile-friendly, although this is an on-going effort.
    • Based on feedback, our Citizenship App was changed to include a space for new Citizens to introduce themselves and to separate NationStates-related questions to a separate section (being involved in NS has been optional for Citizenship since November 2016).
    • Could Stellaris games be in Wintreath's future?



    Thanks for reading!
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    Post #100022
    July 01, 2017, 05:30:17 PM

    *Looks at Justinian's Article again*

    Waaaait a minute.
    I'M THE ONLY ONE WHO PLAYS DWARF FORTRESS.
    ...
    I hath been burned good sir.
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    Patriarch of House Telcontar

    Formerly Eldarion II King of Ainur

    Spoiler
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    Skifra of the 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd and 23rd Sessions of the Underhusen
    Former Thane of Information
    Former King of Ainur
    Former Prime Minister of the British Isles
    Former Prime Minister of the New United Kingdom
    Former Culture Minister of the New United Kingdom
    Former Minister of Culture of Ainur x2
    Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ainur x2
    Former Senator of Ainur x2
    Former Deputy Speaker of Ainur
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    Post #100037
    July 01, 2017, 08:03:42 PM

    *Looks at Justinian's Article again*

    Waaaait a minute.
    I'M THE ONLY ONE WHO PLAYS DWARF FORTRESS.
    ...
    I hath been burned good sir.
    We're still friends on Steam, so I know what games you play. And the BS excuses y'all make for wanting to use Skype.
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    Post #100038
    July 01, 2017, 08:08:36 PM

    Steam strikes again, lol

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    July 02, 2017, 04:54:09 PM

    Alright, ambassadors, we're go for posting this to regions. You'll find the Zetaboards and InvisionFree code below...if you're assigned a forum of a different type, it'll be up to you to modify it as needed. Please post when you've dispatched it out. :)

    @Emoticonius @Chanku @BraveSirRobin @taulover @North @Crushita

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    [center][size=60][color=#2C4B76][b]Orendi XI[/b][/color][/size]
    [size=8][i]Wintreath Update 11 - June 2017 (omg, monthly dispatches?!)[/i][/size]

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    [img]http://wintreath.com/graphics/orendi/wintreathflag.png[/img]

    [b]Realms of Wintreath[/b]
    Wintreath - 286 nations
    New Hyperion - 76 nations
    Nowhere - 2 nations

    [b]Government of Wintreath[/b]
    Monarch: Wintermoot
    Jarl of Culture: Gerrick
    Thane of Culture: Aragonn
    Thane of Foreign Affairs: Emoticonius
    Thane of Information: Crushita
    Jarl of Integration: Finrod Felagund[/center]

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    [spoiler=Citizens Corner, by North]
    [center][size=3][b]Citizen's Corner[/b][/size]
    [i]Article by North[/i]

    [img]http://wintreath.com/graphics/orendi/microphone.jpg[/img]
    [i]From the Citizen's Corner recording studios...[/i][/center]

    Citizen's Corner is a regular feature where we select a newish Citizen and allow them to opine on current affairs and activities within the region. This month, our contributor is [b]North[/b], who has been a Citizen since August 2015 and a constant presence in the Underhusen, the elected branch of our legislature. Here's what he had to say:

    [quote]Hello, Wintreath! I am a man who likes to keep things short and sweet and this is my first time writing anything like this, so bear with me here.

    I entered Wintreath a bit disillusioned with NationStates communities and was on the verge of leaving it entirely. I entered expecting another clusterfuck of epic proportions, another waste of time. And instead, I found a gaggle of some of the oddest people I've ever met, and I've met a man who cut off his thumbs for a bet (story for another time).

    But in spite of the oddity, the weirdness, and just about everything else this place has wormed its way into my heart. It'a a place of inclusiveness, a place for all to find a corner for themselves and a place worth protecting. So to anyone who finds themselves here, welcome and buckle up! This is a place for all and I hope in another year we can all stand together, stronger then before, and look upon a new, better, greater Wintreath!

    Thank you![/quote][/spoiler]
    [spoiler=The Ainur Problem: A Lesson In Failure, by Justinian Ezkantion]
    [center][size=3][b]The Ainur Problem: A Lesson In Failure[/b][/size]
    [i]Article by Justinian Ezkantion[/i]

    [img]http://wintreath.com/graphics/orendi/300px-Berlin_Ghost_Town.jpg[/img]
    [i]A Microsope into Incompetence from Ainur's former Crown Prince[/i][/center]

    Recently the government of Wintreath has finally decided to terminate their formal relations with a region that has been dead for a very long time. Ainur, a region founded with a Lord of the Rings-esque theme and a strong community dedication to its regional government, was once able to boast of a couple hundred nations and a vibrant RP community which oddly enough rarely had anything to do with its theme. However, over nearly 5 years of existence it slowly withered away into a lifeless zombie possessed by ~20 lurkers and with an offsite forum that hasn't been touched since August.

    To pinpoint when or how exactly this happened is pretty much impossible. A lot of events that crippled or should have crippled the region ended up being merely shrugged off by a still-dedicated core community. Perhaps Ainur can serve as yet another testament that no matter how dedicated your most loyal members are, things will decay without new blood no matter what. Really, some of the decisions that the inner circle of government in Ainur made (myself included) can be guidelines for what [i]not to do[/i] when operating a region.

    To begin with, a certain significant person in Ainur's government (who shall remain anonymous even though you probably already know who I'm talking about) believed everyone else wasn't going to do as good a job as he was doing, even when the region was starting to plummet in terms of membership. Thus he tried very hard to prevent giving power to anyone else, because he was afraid they might muck it up, or that they were going to commit some sort of petty vengeance on him. Paranoia from the most powerful people rarely leads to a successful and healthy community.

    Secondly, as more and more of the core community (mainly those who had registered to the offsite forums) began to drop off as they grew older and started attending college, recruitment wasn't really very organized. You had one guy whose job it sort of was to recruit people through a legal API tool, and that job wasn't really being monitered very well. Whereas the region I currently inhabit, Wintreath, encourages manual recruitment as well through various rewards, there was no such system in Ainur at any point in time. In fact recruitment was such an enigma to me in Ainur that I didn't even understand how it worked until [i]after[/i] I had left following two years of service in various positions.

    Thirdly, the amount of reach that Ainur had was dwindling constantly. While I was mostly in the dark about recruitment something I was quite aware of was how Ainur's projection through the greater NS community was shrinking. Our participation in the raider/defender game collapsed into nothing and the regional military effectively dissolved. While the game is hardly necessary to keep up a presence on the site, it certainly helped. The fact that we only posted perhaps once or twice to our site forums page, however, certainly didn't help. While some of those who remember the drama might point to the adoption of less noble individuals into our region causing regions to cut off diplomatic ties and ruin our reputation as the primary act of isolation, I would say that's simply not the case as diplomatic ties would be re-opened only a year later, yet the region was incapable of recovering its position. It was problems within, not without, that caused the reduction of Ainur's position.

    Due to the way that the government operated in its later years (Where a few people had a lot of power) when one person went inactive there were many, many functions of the region that suddenly ground to a halt. Responsibilities that were never given to anyone else, shoes that were never refilled, etc. For instance, when the Royal Chamberlain and the Newspaper Editor CTEd there wasn't a single regional update of any kind sent to anyone for months. The Ainurian government lost its functions as a sandblasted sculpture loses its features until it is naught but an unrecognizable pillar of stone.

    However the final nail in the coffin to any life supported region such as this comes when attempts to clean the slate and build anew are blocked by attachment to the old. When people become unwilling the change the region they've spent so much time in, they fail to breath new life into it, and the dissatisfied will simply seek greener pastures. Such is the case with Ainur, where almost every single member of government in the summer of 2016 left and never came back. While the immediate cause of the exodus, and with it Ainur's demise, was  a series of unlawful bannings and regional drama, Ainur would have been able to recover were it not so insular, and that was a problem that had been permeating long before.

    May all this serve as a reminder, that no region is an island, and that even the closest of communities can collapse from within. Be warned, lest ye end up having to communicate on skype because [i]apparently[/i] Discord is too complex my compatriots said while playing [b]Dwarf Fortress[/b].

    Signed,

    Eldarion III, King of Ainur (deal with it, Crush)[/spoiler]
    [spoiler=Celebrating Pride Month with a New LGBTQ Forum, by Gattoartico]
    [center][size=3][b]Celebrating Pride Month with a New LGBTQ Forum[/b][/size]
    [i]Article by Gattoartico[/i]

    [img]http://wintreath.com/graphics/orendi/prideforum2017.jpg[/img]
    [i]It's kinda like a digital version of this![/i][/center]

    I suppose something we are known for (not that I would know as this is my first and only region) is our LGBT community. In honor of Pride month we recently acquired an [url=http://wintreath.com/forums/index.php?board=153.0]LGBT forum[/url] over here. Topics are already pretty great, from a discussion on a college course about all this to a thread about Drag Queens.

    I myself am responsible for at least one thread, one I intend to use as a place for members to introduce themselves as them. So that new and old members can find others who share similar experiences or just need a little guidance to help them find themselves.

    Wintermoot has started a thread chronicling his time taking Stanford's Transgender Inclusiveness course, a thread that is quite interesting to be perfectly honest.

    And another user created the thread on Drag Queens as they work towards becoming one. A great thread that I thought was pretty nifty so there.

    As well as quite a few others I just noticed to be perfectly honest with you. Quite a few others. Like, a lot. Like legit I don't think you comprehend how many here. A literal lot of threads.

    I feel like this is an important part of Wintreath that we often overlook. Which if I recall correctly is part of the reason Wintermoot made the forum. So, out of what little kindness remains in my black heart I elected to write this article. I've reached the point in this article where I've said all that I wanted to say but I still want it a little longer.

    So as a final note this particular part of our forums is always open to new and interesting threads, from personal experiences in life to maybe a thread discussing RuPaul's Drag Race. I honestly don't know what will crop up. But I hope to see it become an integral and active part of the region in the future.
    [/spoiler]
    [spoiler=The Culture Review, by Gerrick]
    [center][size=3][b]The Culture Review[/b][/size]
    [i]Article by Gerrick[/i]

    [img]http://wintreath.com/graphics/orendi/moc_logo_lg13.png[/img]
    [i]That's kinda what we do around here.[/i][/center]

    This is the first installment of the Culture Review, written by me, Gerrick, Wintreath’s Jarl of Culture. I’ll be talking briefly about some events going on in the cultural areas of the forums, such as Ministry news, monthly contests, and forum games.

    [url=http://wintreath.com/forums/index.php?topic=2916][b]The Monarch’s Game Bag[/b][/url] is a list of over 150 spare Steam keys that Wintermoot and other citizens have donated to the region over the years. As the Monarch’s Game Bag used to only be rewarded to those who won the Monthly Recruitment Contest, which had no winner for a year, it had no real use, and the Steam keys were left unused. To help with this as well as to help spur civil service activity, a new system was put in place to reward those who take the initiative to make Wintreath a better place. All of the games were split into two categories: Gold Rewards (those that cost at least $10 each) and Silver Rewards (those that cost less). Silver Rewards are given to those who write 2 articles for the Orendi, gain 1000 recruitment points in one month, or win Wintreath's Finest of the Month. Gold Rewards are given to those who win the Monthly Recruitment Contest, gain 2500 recruitment points in one month, win Wintreath's Finest of the Year, or complete two of the Silver Reward tasks. Rewards will also be given out during festivals, so make sure to attend our Summersend Festival in August!

    [url=http://wintreath.com/forums/index.php?topic=4434][b]Wintreath’s Finest[/b][/url] is the name for Wintreath’s citizen of the month. Nominations are for those who stood out as contributing or showing dedication to the region or having been extra active, caused activity, or been a good influence on others. The winner of May 2017’s Wintreath’s Finest was [b]Justinian Ezkantion[/b], who was nominated for creating and hosting the newest roleplay, [url=http://wintreath.com/forums/index.php?topic=4392]the Wild Men of Wichita[/url]. I had the pleasure of interviewing him about the RP in an article in [url=http://wintreath.com/forums/index.php?topic=4423]last month’s Orendi[/url]. The other nominations for Wintreath’s Finest were Fortis_Scriptor, who has written several [url=http://wintreath.com/forums/index.php?topic=4361]stories[/url] and [url=http://wintreath.com/forums/index.php?topic=4350]pieces of lore[/url] for the world he and Crushita are building for a book, and Elbbsas, who has been writing short [url=http://wintreath.com/forums/index.php?topic=4394]timed prompts[/url] to work on her creative writing. Both Fortis_Scriptor and Elbbsas have helped revitalize the [url=http://wintreath.com/forums/index.php?board=138]Halls of Art and Writing[/url] and have inspired others to post their works as well.

    [url=http://wintreath.com/forums/index.php?topic=4433][b]The Avatar Theme of the Month[/b][/url] is the theme that several forum users will adopt into their avatars for the month, whether that means using pictures or memes that have to do with the theme or Photoshopping the theme into their usual avatars. Nominations are typically related to current world affairs, historical dates, holidays, or happenings in Wintreath. The winner of June 2017’s Avatar Theme of the Month was a tie between the [b]FBI[/b] (nominated because of the ongoing high profile FBI investigations) and the [b]Battle of Midway[/b] (the famous WWII naval battle that took place in early June 1942). Other nominations included Skyrim, flags (nominated because of Flag Day in the US, which takes place in June), and June as a name (May as a name was a nomination in last month’s contest).

    [url=http://wintreath.com/forums/index.php?topic=3124][b]The Monthly Recruitment Contest[/b][/url] is back after a year of having no winners. The winner of the contest must have the most recruitment points (with at least 1500) by the end of the month. Recruitment points are earned by manually sending out recruitment telegrams to new NationStates nations, using our recruitment tool. The winner of May 2017's Recruitment Contest was [b]Mathyland[/b], who recruited to 1578 nations. As the winner of the recruitment contest, he was then allowed to choose any game from the Monarch’s Game Bag, which he decided to be Sid Meier’s Civilization V.

    [url=http://wintreath.com/forums/index.php?topic=4436][b]Spyfall[/b][/url] is an easy-to-learn party game of bluffing, probing questions, clever answers, and suspicion. In the game, one player is the Spy and has to try to figure out their location, while all other players try to figure out who is the Spy without giving away their location. We had already had five games since it was first introduced to Wintreath in early 2015. This sixth game was made up of eight players and took place in a cathedral to Wintreath’s unofficial religion, Potatoeism. The non-Spy players took on roles (such as Bishop, Beggar, and Tourist) to help them ask and answer questions in-character. The game ended up lasting from May 30 until June 13 when [b]BraveSirRobin[/b], the Spy, figured out the location and won.[/spoiler]
    [spoiler=Wintreath Does Yet Another Political Quiz, by Wintermoot]
    [center][size=3][b]Wintreath Does Yet Another Political Quiz[/b][/size]
    [i]Article by Wintermoot[/i]

    [img]http://wintreath.com/graphics/orendi/8valuesquiz.jpg[/img]
    [i]Cause it's not like we have better things to do, right?[/i][/center]

    [b]Wintreath Does Yet Another Political Quiz[/b]

    Over the course of the past month, members of the forum community have been taking the [url=http://8values.github.io]8 values political quiz[/url], which attempts to place you among four axis based on your responses to various political issues it asks about. Overall, the quiz determined that the forum community as a whole tends to be socialist, globalist, libertarian, and progressive. Even the most "conservative" member, Justinian Ezkantion, was described by the quiz as a centrist, with most members being categorized into libertarian socialism or social libertarianism. Overall, it was an interesting look into where individual members and the region as a whole stands on various issues!

    Below is a description of each axis and the two values that comprise it as stated on the website, along with some information on where the region stands on each axis.

    [quote][b]Economic Axis: Equality vs Markets[/b]
    Those with higher [b]Equality[/b] scores believe the economy should distribute value evenly among the populace. They tend to support progressive tax codes, social programs, and at high values, socialism. Those with higher [b]Market[/b] scores believe the economy should be focused on rapid growth. They tend to support lower taxes, privatization, deregulation, and at high values, laissez-faire capitalism.

    [center]Most Socialist: Cinciri (93.3 Equality/6.7 Market)
    Most Capitalist: Justinian Ezkantion (49.4 Equality/50.6 Market)
    Regional Average 69.9 Equality/30.4 Market[/center]

    [b]Diplomatic Axis: Nation vs World[/b]
    Those with higher [b]Nation[/b] scores are patriotic and nationalist. They often believe in aggressive foreign policy, valuing the military, strength, sovereignty, and at high values, territorial expansion. Those with higher [b]Globe[/b] scores are cosmopolitan and globalist. They often believe in a peaceful foreign policy, emphasizing diplomacy, cooperation, integration, and at high values, a world government.

    [center]Most Nationalist: Justinian Ezkantion (69.7 Nation/30.3 Globe)
    Most Globalist: Crushita (22.3 Nation/77.7 Globe)
    Regional Average: 37.9 Nation/62.1 Globe[/center]

    [b]State Axis: Liberty vs Authority[/b]
    Those with higher [b]Liberty[/b] scores believe in strong civil liberties. They tend to support democracy and oppose state intervention in personal lives. Note that this refers to civil liberties, not economic liberties. Those with higher [b]Authority[/b] scores believe in strong state power. They tend to support state intervention in personal lives, government surveillance, and at high values, censorship or autocracy.

    [center]Most Libertarian: Aegon (85.4 Liberty / 14.6 Authority)
    Most Authoritarian: Justinian Ezkantion (40.0 Liberty / 60.0 Authority)
    Regional Average: 69.0 Liberty / 31.0 Authority[/center]

    [b]Society Axis: Tradition vs Progress[/b]
    Those with higher [b]Tradition[/b] scores believe in traditional values and strict adherence to a moral code. Though not always, they are usually religious, and support the status quo or the status quo ante. Those with higher [b]Progress[/b] scores believe in social change and rationality. Though not always, they are usually secular or atheist, and support environmental action and scientific or technological research.

    [center]Most Traditional: Justinian Ezkantion (53.5 Tradition/46.5 Progress)
    Most Progressive: taulover (12.2 Tradition/87.8 Progress)
    Regional Average: 23.0 Tradition / 77.0 Progress[/center][/quote][/spoiler]
    [spoiler=News in Briefs]
    [center][size=3][b]News in Briefs[/b][/size]

    [img]http://wintreath.com/graphics/orendi/briefs.jpg[/img]
    [i]Honestly, we're too lazy to find another image this time. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯[/i][/center][list]
    [*]Wintreath was featured on NationStates' "The World Page" on June 30th, which led to over a dozen nations finding their way to the region!
    [*]If for some reason you find the urge to read all the past Orendi editions, you can now do so in our new [url=http://wintreath.com/forums/index.php?topic=4401.0]Orendi Archive[/url], which includes every edition ever published along with its date of publication.
    [*]Wintermoot has been making efforts to make the Wintreath website more mobile-friendly, although this is an on-going effort.
    [*]Based on feedback, our [url=http://wintreath.com/forums/index.php?topic=3651.0]Citizenship App[/url] was changed to include a space for new Citizens to introduce themselves and to separate NationStates-related questions to a separate section (being involved in NS has been optional for Citizenship since November 2016).
    [*]Could [url=http://wintreath.com/forums/index.php?topic=4425.0]Stellaris games[/url] be in Wintreath's future?[/list]
    [/spoiler]
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    [center][b]Thanks for reading![/b][/center]

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    [align=center][size=60][color=#2C4B76][b]Orendi XI[/b][/color][/size]
    [size=8][i]Wintreath Update 11 - June 2017 (omg, monthly dispatches?!)[/i][/size]

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    [b]Realms of Wintreath[/b]
    Wintreath - 286 nations
    New Hyperion - 76 nations
    Nowhere - 2 nations

    [b]Government of Wintreath[/b]
    Monarch: Wintermoot
    Jarl of Culture: Gerrick
    Thane of Culture: Aragonn
    Thane of Foreign Affairs: Emoticonius
    Thane of Information: Crushita
    Jarl of Integration: Finrod Felagund[/align]

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    [align=center][size=3][b]Citizen's Corner[/b][/size]
    [i]Article by North[/i]

    [img]http://wintreath.com/graphics/orendi/microphone.jpg[/img]
    [i]From the Citizen's Corner recording studios...[/i][/align]

    Citizen's Corner is a regular feature where we select a newish Citizen and allow them to opine on current affairs and activities within the region. This month, our contributor is [b]North[/b], who has been a Citizen since August 2015 and a constant presence in the Underhusen, the elected branch of our legislature. Here's what he had to say:

    [quote]Hello, Wintreath! I am a man who likes to keep things short and sweet and this is my first time writing anything like this, so bear with me here.

    I entered Wintreath a bit disillusioned with NationStates communities and was on the verge of leaving it entirely. I entered expecting another clusterfuck of epic proportions, another waste of time. And instead, I found a gaggle of some of the oddest people I've ever met, and I've met a man who cut off his thumbs for a bet (story for another time).

    But in spite of the oddity, the weirdness, and just about everything else this place has wormed its way into my heart. It'a a place of inclusiveness, a place for all to find a corner for themselves and a place worth protecting. So to anyone who finds themselves here, welcome and buckle up! This is a place for all and I hope in another year we can all stand together, stronger then before, and look upon a new, better, greater Wintreath!

    Thank you![/quote]

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    [align=center][size=3][b]The Ainur Problem: A Lesson In Failure[/b][/size]
    [i]Article by Justinian Ezkantion[/i]

    [img]http://wintreath.com/graphics/orendi/300px-Berlin_Ghost_Town.jpg[/img]
    [i]A Microsope into Incompetence from Ainur's former Crown Prince[/i][/align]

    Recently the government of Wintreath has finally decided to terminate their formal relations with a region that has been dead for a very long time. Ainur, a region founded with a Lord of the Rings-esque theme and a strong community dedication to its regional government, was once able to boast of a couple hundred nations and a vibrant RP community which oddly enough rarely had anything to do with its theme. However, over nearly 5 years of existence it slowly withered away into a lifeless zombie possessed by ~20 lurkers and with an offsite forum that hasn't been touched since August.

    To pinpoint when or how exactly this happened is pretty much impossible. A lot of events that crippled or should have crippled the region ended up being merely shrugged off by a still-dedicated core community. Perhaps Ainur can serve as yet another testament that no matter how dedicated your most loyal members are, things will decay without new blood no matter what. Really, some of the decisions that the inner circle of government in Ainur made (myself included) can be guidelines for what [i]not to do[/i] when operating a region.

    To begin with, a certain significant person in Ainur's government (who shall remain anonymous even though you probably already know who I'm talking about) believed everyone else wasn't going to do as good a job as he was doing, even when the region was starting to plummet in terms of membership. Thus he tried very hard to prevent giving power to anyone else, because he was afraid they might muck it up, or that they were going to commit some sort of petty vengeance on him. Paranoia from the most powerful people rarely leads to a successful and healthy community.

    Secondly, as more and more of the core community (mainly those who had registered to the offsite forums) began to drop off as they grew older and started attending college, recruitment wasn't really very organized. You had one guy whose job it sort of was to recruit people through a legal API tool, and that job wasn't really being monitered very well. Whereas the region I currently inhabit, Wintreath, encourages manual recruitment as well through various rewards, there was no such system in Ainur at any point in time. In fact recruitment was such an enigma to me in Ainur that I didn't even understand how it worked until [i]after[/i] I had left following two years of service in various positions.

    Thirdly, the amount of reach that Ainur had was dwindling constantly. While I was mostly in the dark about recruitment something I was quite aware of was how Ainur's projection through the greater NS community was shrinking. Our participation in the raider/defender game collapsed into nothing and the regional military effectively dissolved. While the game is hardly necessary to keep up a presence on the site, it certainly helped. The fact that we only posted perhaps once or twice to our site forums page, however, certainly didn't help. While some of those who remember the drama might point to the adoption of less noble individuals into our region causing regions to cut off diplomatic ties and ruin our reputation as the primary act of isolation, I would say that's simply not the case as diplomatic ties would be re-opened only a year later, yet the region was incapable of recovering its position. It was problems within, not without, that caused the reduction of Ainur's position.

    Due to the way that the government operated in its later years (Where a few people had a lot of power) when one person went inactive there were many, many functions of the region that suddenly ground to a halt. Responsibilities that were never given to anyone else, shoes that were never refilled, etc. For instance, when the Royal Chamberlain and the Newspaper Editor CTEd there wasn't a single regional update of any kind sent to anyone for months. The Ainurian government lost its functions as a sandblasted sculpture loses its features until it is naught but an unrecognizable pillar of stone.

    However the final nail in the coffin to any life supported region such as this comes when attempts to clean the slate and build anew are blocked by attachment to the old. When people become unwilling the change the region they've spent so much time in, they fail to breath new life into it, and the dissatisfied will simply seek greener pastures. Such is the case with Ainur, where almost every single member of government in the summer of 2016 left and never came back. While the immediate cause of the exodus, and with it Ainur's demise, was  a series of unlawful bannings and regional drama, Ainur would have been able to recover were it not so insular, and that was a problem that had been permeating long before.

    May all this serve as a reminder, that no region is an island, and that even the closest of communities can collapse from within. Be warned, lest ye end up having to communicate on skype because [i]apparently[/i] Discord is too complex my compatriots said while playing [b]Dwarf Fortress[/b].

    Signed,

    Eldarion III, King of Ainur (deal with it, Crush)

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    [align=center][size=3][b]Celebrating Pride Month with a New LGBTQ Forum[/b][/size]
    [i]Article by Gattoartico[/i]

    [img]http://wintreath.com/graphics/orendi/prideforum2017.jpg[/img]
    [i]It's kinda like a digital version of this![/i][/align]

    I suppose something we are known for (not that I would know as this is my first and only region) is our LGBT community. In honor of Pride month we recently acquired an [url=http://wintreath.com/forums/index.php?board=153.0]LGBT forum[/url] over here. Topics are already pretty great, from a discussion on a college course about all this to a thread about Drag Queens.

    I myself am responsible for at least one thread, one I intend to use as a place for members to introduce themselves as them. So that new and old members can find others who share similar experiences or just need a little guidance to help them find themselves.

    Wintermoot has started a thread chronicling his time taking Stanford's Transgender Inclusiveness course, a thread that is quite interesting to be perfectly honest.

    And another user created the thread on Drag Queens as they work towards becoming one. A great thread that I thought was pretty nifty so there.

    As well as quite a few others I just noticed to be perfectly honest with you. Quite a few others. Like, a lot. Like legit I don't think you comprehend how many here. A literal lot of threads.

    I feel like this is an important part of Wintreath that we often overlook. Which if I recall correctly is part of the reason Wintermoot made the forum. So, out of what little kindness remains in my black heart I elected to write this article. I've reached the point in this article where I've said all that I wanted to say but I still want it a little longer.

    So as a final note this particular part of our forums is always open to new and interesting threads, from personal experiences in life to maybe a thread discussing RuPaul's Drag Race. I honestly don't know what will crop up. But I hope to see it become an integral and active part of the region in the future.

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    [align=center][size=3][b]The Culture Review[/b][/size]
    [i]Article by Gerrick[/i]

    [img]http://wintreath.com/graphics/orendi/moc_logo_lg13.png[/img]
    [i]That's kinda what we do around here.[/i][/align]

    This is the first installment of the Culture Review, written by me, Gerrick, Wintreath’s Jarl of Culture. I’ll be talking briefly about some events going on in the cultural areas of the forums, such as Ministry news, monthly contests, and forum games.

    [url=http://wintreath.com/forums/index.php?topic=2916][b]The Monarch’s Game Bag[/b][/url] is a list of over 150 spare Steam keys that Wintermoot and other citizens have donated to the region over the years. As the Monarch’s Game Bag used to only be rewarded to those who won the Monthly Recruitment Contest, which had no winner for a year, it had no real use, and the Steam keys were left unused. To help with this as well as to help spur civil service activity, a new system was put in place to reward those who take the initiative to make Wintreath a better place. All of the games were split into two categories: Gold Rewards (those that cost at least $10 each) and Silver Rewards (those that cost less). Silver Rewards are given to those who write 2 articles for the Orendi, gain 1000 recruitment points in one month, or win Wintreath's Finest of the Month. Gold Rewards are given to those who win the Monthly Recruitment Contest, gain 2500 recruitment points in one month, win Wintreath's Finest of the Year, or complete two of the Silver Reward tasks. Rewards will also be given out during festivals, so make sure to attend our Summersend Festival in August!

    [url=http://wintreath.com/forums/index.php?topic=4434][b]Wintreath’s Finest[/b][/url] is the name for Wintreath’s citizen of the month. Nominations are for those who stood out as contributing or showing dedication to the region or having been extra active, caused activity, or been a good influence on others. The winner of May 2017’s Wintreath’s Finest was [b]Justinian Ezkantion[/b], who was nominated for creating and hosting the newest roleplay, [url=http://wintreath.com/forums/index.php?topic=4392]the Wild Men of Wichita[/url]. I had the pleasure of interviewing him about the RP in an article in [url=http://wintreath.com/forums/index.php?topic=4423]last month’s Orendi[/url]. The other nominations for Wintreath’s Finest were Fortis_Scriptor, who has written several [url=http://wintreath.com/forums/index.php?topic=4361]stories[/url] and [url=http://wintreath.com/forums/index.php?topic=4350]pieces of lore[/url] for the world he and Crushita are building for a book, and Elbbsas, who has been writing short [url=http://wintreath.com/forums/index.php?topic=4394]timed prompts[/url] to work on her creative writing. Both Fortis_Scriptor and Elbbsas have helped revitalize the [url=http://wintreath.com/forums/index.php?board=138]Halls of Art and Writing[/url] and have inspired others to post their works as well.

    [url=http://wintreath.com/forums/index.php?topic=4433][b]The Avatar Theme of the Month[/b][/url] is the theme that several forum users will adopt into their avatars for the month, whether that means using pictures or memes that have to do with the theme or Photoshopping the theme into their usual avatars. Nominations are typically related to current world affairs, historical dates, holidays, or happenings in Wintreath. The winner of June 2017’s Avatar Theme of the Month was a tie between the [b]FBI[/b] (nominated because of the ongoing high profile FBI investigations) and the [b]Battle of Midway[/b] (the famous WWII naval battle that took place in early June 1942). Other nominations included Skyrim, flags (nominated because of Flag Day in the US, which takes place in June), and June as a name (May as a name was a nomination in last month’s contest).

    [url=http://wintreath.com/forums/index.php?topic=3124][b]The Monthly Recruitment Contest[/b][/url] is back after a year of having no winners. The winner of the contest must have the most recruitment points (with at least 1500) by the end of the month. Recruitment points are earned by manually sending out recruitment telegrams to new NationStates nations, using our recruitment tool. The winner of May 2017's Recruitment Contest was [b]Mathyland[/b], who recruited to 1578 nations. As the winner of the recruitment contest, he was then allowed to choose any game from the Monarch’s Game Bag, which he decided to be Sid Meier’s Civilization V.

    [url=http://wintreath.com/forums/index.php?topic=4436][b]Spyfall[/b][/url] is an easy-to-learn party game of bluffing, probing questions, clever answers, and suspicion. In the game, one player is the Spy and has to try to figure out their location, while all other players try to figure out who is the Spy without giving away their location. We had already had five games since it was first introduced to Wintreath in early 2015. This sixth game was made up of eight players and took place in a cathedral to Wintreath’s unofficial religion, Potatoeism. The non-Spy players took on roles (such as Bishop, Beggar, and Tourist) to help them ask and answer questions in-character. The game ended up lasting from May 30 until June 13 when [b]BraveSirRobin[/b], the Spy, figured out the location and won.

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    [align=center][size=3][b]Wintreath Does Yet Another Political Quiz[/b][/size]
    [i]Article by Wintermoot[/i]

    [img]http://wintreath.com/graphics/orendi/8valuesquiz.jpg[/img]
    [i]Cause it's not like we have better things to do, right?[/i][/align]

    [b]Wintreath Does Yet Another Political Quiz[/b]

    Over the course of the past month, members of the forum community have been taking the [url=http://8values.github.io]8 values political quiz[/url], which attempts to place you among four axis based on your responses to various political issues it asks about. Overall, the quiz determined that the forum community as a whole tends to be socialist, globalist, libertarian, and progressive. Even the most "conservative" member, Justinian Ezkantion, was described by the quiz as a centrist, with most members being categorized into libertarian socialism or social libertarianism. Overall, it was an interesting look into where individual members and the region as a whole stands on various issues!

    Below is a description of each axis and the two values that comprise it as stated on the website, along with some information on where the region stands on each axis.

    [quote][b]Economic Axis: Equality vs Markets[/b]
    Those with higher [b]Equality[/b] scores believe the economy should distribute value evenly among the populace. They tend to support progressive tax codes, social programs, and at high values, socialism. Those with higher [b]Market[/b] scores believe the economy should be focused on rapid growth. They tend to support lower taxes, privatization, deregulation, and at high values, laissez-faire capitalism.

    [align=center]Most Socialist: Cinciri (93.3 Equality/6.7 Market)
    Most Capitalist: Justinian Ezkantion (49.4 Equality/50.6 Market)
    Regional Average 69.9 Equality/30.4 Market[/align]

    [b]Diplomatic Axis: Nation vs World[/b]
    Those with higher [b]Nation[/b] scores are patriotic and nationalist. They often believe in aggressive foreign policy, valuing the military, strength, sovereignty, and at high values, territorial expansion. Those with higher [b]Globe[/b] scores are cosmopolitan and globalist. They often believe in a peaceful foreign policy, emphasizing diplomacy, cooperation, integration, and at high values, a world government.

    [align=center]Most Nationalist: Justinian Ezkantion (69.7 Nation/30.3 Globe)
    Most Globalist: Crushita (22.3 Nation/77.7 Globe)
    Regional Average: 37.9 Nation/62.1 Globe[/align]

    [b]State Axis: Liberty vs Authority[/b]
    Those with higher [b]Liberty[/b] scores believe in strong civil liberties. They tend to support democracy and oppose state intervention in personal lives. Note that this refers to civil liberties, not economic liberties. Those with higher [b]Authority[/b] scores believe in strong state power. They tend to support state intervention in personal lives, government surveillance, and at high values, censorship or autocracy.

    [align=center]Most Libertarian: Aegon (85.4 Liberty / 14.6 Authority)
    Most Authoritarian: Justinian Ezkantion (40.0 Liberty / 60.0 Authority)
    Regional Average: 69.0 Liberty / 31.0 Authority[/align]

    [b]Society Axis: Tradition vs Progress[/b]
    Those with higher [b]Tradition[/b] scores believe in traditional values and strict adherence to a moral code. Though not always, they are usually religious, and support the status quo or the status quo ante. Those with higher [b]Progress[/b] scores believe in social change and rationality. Though not always, they are usually secular or atheist, and support environmental action and scientific or technological research.

    [align=center]Most Traditional: Justinian Ezkantion (53.5 Tradition/46.5 Progress)
    Most Progressive: taulover (12.2 Tradition/87.8 Progress)
    Regional Average: 23.0 Tradition / 77.0 Progress[/align][/quote]

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    [align=center][size=3][b]News in Briefs[/b][/size]

    [img]http://wintreath.com/graphics/orendi/briefs.jpg[/img]
    [i]Honestly, we're too lazy to find another image this time. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯[/i][/align][list]
    [*]Wintreath was featured on NationStates' "The World Page" on June 30th, which led to over a dozen nations finding their way to the region!
    [*]If for some reason you find the urge to read all the past Orendi editions, you can now do so in our new [url=http://wintreath.com/forums/index.php?topic=4401.0]Orendi Archive[/url], which includes every edition ever published along with its date of publication.
    [*]Wintermoot has been making efforts to make the Wintreath website more mobile-friendly, although this is an on-going effort.
    [*]Based on feedback, our [url=http://wintreath.com/forums/index.php?topic=3651.0]Citizenship App[/url] was changed to include a space for new Citizens to introduce themselves and to separate NationStates-related questions to a separate section (being involved in NS has been optional for Citizenship since November 2016).
    [*]Could [url=http://wintreath.com/forums/index.php?topic=4425.0]Stellaris games[/url] be in Wintreath's future?[/list]
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    [align=center][b]Thanks for reading![/b][/align]

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    Post #100070
    July 02, 2017, 05:03:50 PM

    Posted in NUK and TKI
    Crushita
     
    Telcontar
    Patriarch of House Telcontar

    Formerly Eldarion II King of Ainur

    Spoiler
    Held Positions
    Skifra of the 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd and 23rd Sessions of the Underhusen
    Former Thane of Information
    Former King of Ainur
    Former Prime Minister of the British Isles
    Former Prime Minister of the New United Kingdom
    Former Culture Minister of the New United Kingdom
    Former Minister of Culture of Ainur x2
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    Post #100073
    July 02, 2017, 06:46:57 PM

    Posted Europeia and North Pacific :)
    Sir Robin of Camelot

    "Whilst the men of Caenia were scattered far and wide, pillaging and destroying, Romulus came upon them with an army, and after a brief encounter taught them that anger is futile without strength."  -Titus Livius, Ab Urbe Condita

    (Ravenclaw is the best!)
    Resumé/A History of Robin on NationStates
    Wintreath:
    Citizen: 4 June 2015 - present
    Member of the Hvitt Riddaral: 21 August 2015 - present
    Strifa of the 12th Underhusen: 8 October 2015 - 13 December 2015
    Speaker Pro Tem of the 13th Underhusen: 13 December 2015 - 8 February 2016
    Speaker Pro Tem of the 14th Underhusen: 8 February 2016 - 8 April 2016
    Speaker of the 16th Underhusen: 10 June 2016 - 11 August 2016
    Ambassador to Europeia: 5 December 2016 - present
    RP Guild Councillor: 23 February 2017 - present
    Ambassador to The North Pacific: 11 March 2017 - present
    Speaker of the 21st Underhusen: 10 April 2017 - 10 June 2017
    Delegate of Wintreath: 10 June 2017 - present
    Strifa of the 23rd Underhusen: 10 August 2017 - present

    New Hyperion:
    Citizen: 27 November 2015 - present
    Lord of Development: 5 February 2016 - present


    (I stole this format from tau, but who am I not to copy a great system? :-) )
    Ne Crustumini quidem atque Antemnates pro ardore iraque Caeninensium satis se impigre movent; ita per se ipsum nomen Caeninum in agrum Romanum impetum facit. Sed effuse vastantibus fit obvius cum exercitu Romulus levique certamine docet vanam sine viribus iram esse.
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    • 02/11/1932 - Never Forget
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    Post #100076
    July 02, 2017, 07:05:43 PM

    Posted in Balder and INWU.

    Just wondering: what is Nowhere and when did it become our protectorate?
    Résumé
    Wintreath:
    Citizen: 8 April 2015 - present
    From the Ashes RP Game Master: 29 November 2015 - present
    Skydande Vakt Marshal: 29 November 2015 - 28 February 2017
    Skrifa of the 13th Underhusen: 13 December 2015 - 8 February 2016
    RP Guild Councillor: 9 February 2016 - present
    Ambassador to Lovely: 23 February 2016 - 17 August 2016
    Werewolf VII co-host: 11 May 2016 - 5 June 2016
    Skrifa of the 18th Underhusen: 8 October 2016 - 7 December 2016
    Ambassador to Balder: 1 December 2016 - present
    Skrifa of the 19th Underhusen: 7 December 2016 - 9 February 2017
    Ambassador to the INWU: 11 March 2017 - present
    Ambassador to the Versutian Federation: 18 August 2017 - present
    Thane of Integration: 29 September 2017 - present
    Speaker of the 24th Underhusen: 10 October 2017 - present
    Wintreath's Finest: October 2017

    Aura Hyperia/New Hyperion:
    Plebeian: 16 April 2014 - 21 July 2014
    Patrician: 21 July 2014 - present
    Adeptus Mechanicus: 24 October 2014 - 16 November 2014
    Co-founder of New Hyperion: 29 October 2014 - present
    Lord of Propaganda: 16 November 2014 - present
    Mapmaker for Official Region RP: 27 November 2015 - present
    Other positions: Hyperian Guardsman, Hyperian Marine (Rank: Scout)
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    Post #100096
    July 03, 2017, 11:44:46 AM

    Posted in NWP.
    I Hope You Have A Nice Day :]
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    Post #100153
    July 04, 2017, 08:27:42 PM

    Looks like everyone has posted it except for @Emoticonius and @Chanku.

    Inric Nordrim Kestar
    His Most Royal Majesty, Wintermoot I of Wintreath
    Monarch of the Frozen Realm of Wintreath

    Beware he who would deny you access to information, for in his heart he dreams himself your master.
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    Post #100459
    July 12, 2017, 03:09:20 PM

    I can't believe I'm late with this! Posted in TRR & Taijitu. >_<
    7:42 PM <Govindia> eh, i like the taste of nuts in my mouth



    Potential clients should PM or Query Emoticonius
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    Post #100470
    July 12, 2017, 06:56:08 PM

    Better late than never. :P

    Inric Nordrim Kestar
    His Most Royal Majesty, Wintermoot I of Wintreath
    Monarch of the Frozen Realm of Wintreath

    Beware he who would deny you access to information, for in his heart he dreams himself your master.
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